In honor of Memorial Day, I decided to watch Grave of the Fireflies. This is an animated film about two kids who lose their mother and their home in a firebombing during World War II. I’ve had this DVD sitting on my shelf for about six months. I really hadn’t been in the mood to watch it until today. It’s a very sad, elegiac film. Aside from just giving you a different perspective on WW2 that you won’t usually see, it also makes you think about pride, responsibility, perseverance, and the difference between children and adults.
There are a lot of extras on a second disc that help put everything in perspective — an overview of the movie by Roger Ebert, an interview with the director, and a historical overview. There are a few interesting comments on the movie over at IMDB, although there are also a lot of bone-headed ones.
Well, we had a rainy Tour of Somerville today. It was still fun to watch. Jonas Carney came in second this year, breaking his five-year winning streak. The winner was some guy named Viktor Rapinski, I think.
I heard the original version of Do Ya on the radio yesterday. It’s really good. Nice and crunchy. I think I’d previously only heard the ELO version. Alas, iTunes only has the ELO version and not the older one. Amazon has it, on a “Best of The Move” collection, but it ain’t cheap.
Excellent Get Fuzzy today: “Oh, sure. You can make anything into sushi with a good knife.”
Cool! I just noticed that the first shift supervisor from the Bennington Dunkin Donuts left a comment in my guest book asking why I have a photo of their store on my web page. He left the message a couple of weeks ago, so I guess I must have accidentally trashed the e-mail notification on it or something.
For the curious: Back when I was in college, at RPI, it was a bit of a tradition in my fraternity to take pledges on little road trips, and Bennington was a common destination. Part of that tradition involved stopping at the nearest Dunkin Donuts, and having everyone involved sign a Dunkin Donuts napkin, as a little memento of the trip.
So, the photo is a little in-joke for any APO/EZ brothers visiting this page. Hope that satisfies anyone’s curiosity! Oh, and this page is the 17th hit if you search for Bennington VT Dunkin Donuts at Google.
I have to admit, I’m considering The DDR Workout. Aside from all the DDR stuff, there are some good comments in this story about exercise, nutrition, and weight loss in general.
Yikes, I just bid on 50 issues of JLA! Why the heck did I do that? Don’t I have enough to read?
I went to Wizard World Philly yesterday. It was a pretty good con, but I’ve gotten so used to San Diego that nothing really compares. I bought some neat things, including a few of the Marvel Essentials volumes — Avengers 1 and 2, and Marvel Team-Up 1. I’ve been in a Silver Age mood lately. I also got a chance to see the first couple of episodes of Captain Herlock. This may be another anime series that I need to add to my want list, although I should really stop buying anime until I’ve watched all the stuff I’ve got already.